2019 was a difficult year for me and my family and I am glad it’s over. Symbolically, the begin of a new year is a big help for me to restart my “normal business” which means: creativity, socializing, cultural events and reports, traveling and spending a lot of time in nature.
My 40 days’ trip to Japan ended in November – and now it is January and I haven’t published the planned episodes about my Japan impressions, not even selected the most interesting photos.
Japan was great for me, just everything – although there were some really challenging situations. I was lucky to meet my old acquaintance again, my dear friend Madoka and some of her family members. We spent gorgeous ten days together. And I visited many places and did everything to use my precious time in the very best way,
My expectations concerning the meditation camp (see my last article) were not fulfilled, on the other side. Sitting in silence for hours was nothing but a painful procedure for me and almost broke my heart. But this was up to me. The meditation course may be a fantastic experience for other people.
In my situation, it appeared it be absolutely “contraproductive” to stay. I felt worse than ever and decided to leave before ending in sickness and total despair. But why? This will be one of my stories!
But first of all – because I promised it – I will start story telling with my experience of an inspiring tea ceremony workshop in Asakusa and with my visit to a maid café in Akihabara.
It will still take time because I am still tied up with other projects.
One of my few culture projects last year was to interview the composer and musician Günther Schalk. The interview was held in German. But perhaps you would like to listen to some of Günther’s music samples…?
Schalk Musik http://www.schalkmusik.com
Music samples: https://www.schalkmusik.com/musik-h%C3%B6ren/
Years ago, I composed some little pieces. I needed a special Christmas present for a special friend… for Paul. The idea to write a song for him came to my mind. I wrote lyerics in German, but also a text in English. When it came to writing sheet music, there was no doubt that I would not write just one song, but two songs.
A Happy New Year 2019 to all of us!